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Cost Advance Program

Maximize your home’s value before it hits the market.

Selling your home as-is can be one of the costliest decisions in your entire case. That’s why we launched CAP.

About CAP
Cost Advance

SRG will advance the costs of repairs and staging. 



Our team will secure the best service professionals and handle all the details.


We advance the costs and will be reimbursed at closing, while you keep all the profits.

CAP Case Studies
CAP Case Studies

Chapman Heights - Sold 2021

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  • Paint interior

  • Wash windows

  • Declutter

  • Stage

  • Deep-clean

  • Landscaping


As-is Price: $475,000

Cost of Improvements: $2,876

List Price: $499,000

Sold Price: $515,000

Profit: $37,124

Wooden Stairs

Our Success


Average increase from
as-is value to sale price — as a result of the Cost Advance Program


The potential return for every $100 spent on staging, according to the National Association
of Realtors  


Percentage of SRG’s CAP clients who have financially benefitted from the program

Covered Services

  • Landscaping

  • Interior / Exterior Paint

  • Carpet Replacement

  • Carpet Cleaning

  • Deep Cleaning 

  • Wall Patching

  • Water Heater

  • Furnace

  • Broken Windows

  • Spa Removal

  • Plumbing Repairs

  • Mold Remediation

  • Decluttering

  • Staging

  • Seller-Required Disclosures (HOA, Inspections)

…..and many more home improvement and sale expenses

How CAP works

How CAP Works

Step 1: Laurel Starks will visit your home, determine if it’s a candidate for CAP, and if so, perform a cost-benefit analysis.


Step 2: At your listing consultations, we’ll go over our recommendations and decide what to move forward with.


Step 3: Our team will get right to work on obtaining bids and scheduling contracting professionals.


Step 4: Our team will keep you informed as the work is coordinated and performed.


Step 5: Once the work is complete, we’ll schedule your photo shoot and launch on the market.


Step 6: Upon closing, SRG will be reimbursed for our out-of-pocket costs at 0% interest to you, and a $500 coordination fee (if applicable).

At the end of these six steps, you’ll be ready for your next chapter — with a lot more money to unlock your new normal!



  • Why do you specialize in real estate matters in divorce cases?
    One’s ability to recover from the impact of divorce is directly related to the decisions made and actions taken during the process itself. When Laurel Starks worked in her first divorce transaction, she quickly realized that it required a different skillset and knowledge that a typical listing did not. As she gained experience case by case, she also learned that many mistakes were made by nearly everyone involved in a family law case and it cost clients dearly. Over the years, she made it her mission to mitigate the damage caused by misinformation and bad practices. She developed a tailored approach to the divorce listing process that is based on neutrality, communication, and empowering divorcing spouses to make sound decisions that will set them up for a faster road to recovery.
  • What do you charge?
    SRG’s does not charge a premium or additional fees for our services. In fact, our rates are very competitive and can be based on a sliding scale, depending on the dynamics of the case.
  • How is working with you different than working with a non-specialist?
    By having more experience in divorce listings than probably any other agent in the country, we often identify problems a mile ahead. Very simple things like our intake process and showing coordination keeps a listing on its tracks, whereas applying regular listing practices almost always inflame and delay a situation.
  • Are you certified?
    After 12 years working in the divorce real estate field, Laurel decided to take what all she’d learned and share it with other Realtors throughout the country. So in 2018, she launched the Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE™) program, the most stringent and comprehensive designation in the industry. Therefore, Laurel is not certified, rather, she is the creator and founder of the certification.
  • Will I have to speak with my ex during the process?
    That is up to you. Working with our office, we assume there is no communication between you, so it is not necessary. We communicate with each of you separately, ensuring you have the space to be transparent and heard, while keeping you both equally informed about the process, the status, and what to expect in the next step.
  • Do you communicate with my attorney?
    Yes. We know that good communication means efficiency and can keep fees under control. There are five points in time that we email the attorneys in the case so that they’re aware of what’s going on, including sharing a copy of the closing statement and ensuring that we have the most current court order. Our intent is to keep attorney involvement to a bare minimum; however we do reach out when we need clarification on something, or if, despite our best efforts, we reach an impasse.
  • What if there is a restraining order?
    We take every measure necessary to ensure that you and your ex will not be together throughout the process and restraining orders are not violated.
  • How will you market my home?
    It all begins with making your house look its best, and we do this through a market specific analysis, project coordination, staging, and professional photography. We then launch a marketing campaign that includes social media, strategic syndication to consumer sites (such as Zillow and Redfin) including international platforms, agent-to-agent connections, open houses, and when appropriate, cash investors.
  • Do you have cash investors that can buy my house as-is?
    We do. There are some instances where time is of the essence and it makes sense to sell to an investor, especially if the house is in such disrepair that it will not qualify for financing or it is facing imminent foreclosure. We’ve got long-standing relationships with very reputable investors if we need to call upon them.
  • Do you have a minimum or maximum price point you require?
    No. Since we serve those going through divorce, we are appointed to all types of cases that go through the court system. We have listed homes from those that are uninhabitable, to luxury homes in the Inland Empire’s most elite neighborhoods, and everything in between. All require a unique approach, and our broad experience can accommodate any and all neighborhoods.
  • Do you list vacant land or commercial properties?
    Yes. We have a commercial affiliate who we co-list vacant land and commercial properties with.
  • Will you help me find a rental house?
    Yes. Our office has a department who handles securing rental properties for our clients. They will assist with preparing a strong application, searching for properties both on and off the market, setting up tours, ensuring the listing is not fraudulent or in foreclosure, and will coordinate movers or other services you may need.
  • Will you help me find a house to buy?
    Yes. We partner with a lender who holds a special designation, Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP®), and they will assist you in making sure you are in a position to obtain a loan, and explain all of your options to you. Once you are ready, we will connect you with one of the agents in our office who will represent you in the purchase of your new home!
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